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Changing Denver

Every month, we take a look at one of Denver’s neighborhoods, streets, parks, or other areas through a relevant political, cultural, or historical lens.

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Unclear Danger 1B: Remembering Rocky Flats

Welcome to the first supplemental, side episode in our Rocky Flats series. Herein you’ll find a recording of the panel we put on at the Denver Public Library on April 7, as well as an unprecedented plea. - You can now support Changing Denver with a monthly pledge on our Patreon! A monthly pledge of $3 or more will get you access to transcripts of each episode of Unclear Danger and three Changing Denver stickers. A pledge of $10 or more will get you a shout out in the end credits of each Rocky Flats episode. Learn more about our new, limited-time crowdfunding campaign at www.patreon.com/changingdenver. - Meet the Panelists: Len Ackland is an independent journalist and retired journalism professor. During his time as editor, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists won a National Magazine Award in 1987, and he went on to serve as the founding director of the Center for Environmental Journalism at CU Boulder. Of particular interest, Len is also the author of Making a Real Killing: Rocky Flats and the Nuclear West. Murph Widdowfield has the unique distinction among our panelists of having spent time working at the Rocky Flats plant. Like many other former workers, Murph remained involved in issues surrounding the site. He is currently the president of the board of the Rocky Flats Cold War Museum, a museum that you cannot physical visit, despite years of effort from Murph and the rest of the board. Dorothy Ciarlo is a PhD and retired clinical psychologist. In the late 90s and early 2000s, she worked with the Boulder Public Library’s Maria Rogers Oral History Program to conduct more than a hundred interviews with former workers, activists, politicians, scientists, and contractors, some of which you heard in the first episode of our Rocky Flats series. Dorothy went on to publish a paper based on these interviews in the Journal of Peace Psychology. That paper is titled ”Secrecy and Its Fallout at a Nuclear Weapons Plant: A study of Rocky Flats Oral Histories” - Follow us on Twitter @changingdenver. Thanks for listening!

1hr 2mins

16 Apr 2018

Rank #1

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Changing Denver Bit By Bit: Rosenberg's Bagels' Bagels

Presenting the first installment of Changing Denver Bit By Bit, shorter episodes comprising complementary or supplementary materials that didn't fit in our regular, monthly features.  Today's CDBBB highlights Josh Pollack, who you know from our episode on Five Points, and the special way he makes bagels at Rosenberg's.  Thanks for listening!

6mins

8 Feb 2016

Rank #2

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Stapleton's Promise

On Changing Denver this month, we bring you the story of Stapleton, the would-be New Urbanist paradise, and its upsetting connection to the Ku Klux Klan.  - Recommended Reading If you want to learn more about the business side of Stapleton, Paul has covered related subjects a couple times for Crain's Denver: From the Block: Thriving neighborhood rises from grounded Stapleton Stanley Marketplace readies for takeoff in Aurora For another take on Stapleton and New Urbanism, here's a worthy article from CityLab about street design. And here's a link to the Green Book and one to Forest City's Stapleton website. - Our theme song is "Minnow" by Felix Fast4ward. The other songs heard in this episode are "Storm" by Sam Glover and a selection of tracks by Kai Engel that we found on WFMU's Free Music Archive.  - You can find us on Twitter @ChangingDenver and sign up for our newsletter at www.changingdenver.com/about.  Thanks for listening!

44mins

3 Apr 2017

Rank #3

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Unclear Danger 2: Local Hazard, Global Threat

Our story of Rocky Flats continues. In this second chapter, we share the people’s history of the site, from humble beginnings in the early 1970s to a resurgence of activism today. Unclear Danger: The Colorado Story of Rocky Flats is presented in partnership with the Colorado Independent and the Denver Public Library. — Support the show! If you’re loving this Rocky Flats series, we recently launched a new way to support the show. It’s a limited run crowdfunding campaign, and you can find it at www.patreon.com/changingdenver. Pledge at least $3 per month and you get access to the transcripts from each episode of Unclear Danger and 3 Changing Denver stickers sent to the address of your choice. Pledge at least $10 per month, and we’ll read your name (or a pseudonym of your choice) in the credits to each episode. patreon dot com slash changing denver — Recommended Reading: You can learn more about Kristen Iversen’s book Full Body Burden at her website. Follow along with the activists at Rocky Flats Downwinders, Candelas Glows, and Rocky Flats Right to Know, as well as the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center. Here’s a few links to documents mentioned in the episode: Rocky Flats Interagency Agreement of 1991, Rocky Flats Cleanup Agreement of 1996, and the Citizens Advisory Board’s legacy report. This episode includes extensive clips from several oral histories on file at the Boulder Public Library’s Maria Rogers Oral History Program. You can find each of the oral histories we excerpted here: Robert Card, Daniel Ellsberg, and Pam Solo. If you are a subscriber to Harper’s Magazine, you can read all of the Edward Abbey piece excerpted in this episode here. Nonsubscribers can find it in the published collection of Abbey’s work, Down the River. “One Man’s Nuclear War,” Edward Abbey. Copyright © 1979 Harper’s Magazine. All Rights reserved. Reproduced from the March issue by special permission. — Our theme song is “Minnow” be Felix Fast4ward. Denver’s premier chiptunes artists Aethernaut and Michael Zucker provided the score for this episode and all of Unclear Danger. Also heard in this episode are a few songs by a group called Soft and Furious and a couple of old Rocky Flats protest songs. Those were performed by Jesse Wooten. You can find more of his music under the names Black Balsam and New Hill. — The photo that serves as a basis for the Unclear Danger logo was uploaded to Wikimedia Commons by a user called AlbertHerring. We are using it under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license. The Colorado Independent‘s Kelsey Ray designed the Unclear Danger logo. — Follow us on Twitter @changingdenver for photos and more behind-the-scenes details from our investigation into Rocky Flats. Changing Denver is a proud member of the Denver Podcast Network. Thanks for listening!

1hr 5mins

30 Apr 2018

Rank #4

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(Hungarian Freedom) Park-n-Thrive

On Changing Denver this month, we have the story of Hungarian Freedom Park. What is the connection between Hungary, landscape architecture, and our Queen City of the Plains? More generally, how does a people forge a lasting connection to a place? You can hear the answers to these questions and much more in this, our most ambitious and personal episode to date. - Materials Referenced in this Episode: Here are some links to S.R. DeBoer’s plans for Alamo Placita Park (1927) and what became Hungarian Freedom Park (1925) Here is a copy of the Hungarian Club of Colorado’s founding charter from 1963. Here is a copy of the ordnance that officially changed the park’s name. - Extras: This is the Denver Parks and Recreation Dept.’s current policy on naming and renaming parks. - Music: Our theme song is “Minnow” by Felix Fast4ward. You can find more of his music on Soundcloud. The song we played under the end credits is “Hatcher Creek” by Strawberry Runners. You can find more about them on their website or Facebook. They are headlining a show at the Larimer Lounge on 1 April, and you may see some of the Changing Denver team there, if you’d like to say hi or talk to us about Hungarian Freedom Park. We found the other music for this episode on WFMU’s Free Music Archive. The tracks were “Gagool” and “Trio for Piano Violin and Viola” by Kevin MacLeod, and “Peace Within” and “Snowing” by Peter Rudenko. - You can keep up with Changing Denver by signing up for our newsletter or by following us on Twitter, @changingdenver. Looking for a way to support the show? Rate us on iTunes or Stitcher! Quality reviews will help us reach a wider audience. Thanks for listening!

27mins

30 Mar 2016

Rank #5

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Lakeside in Winter

On Changing Denver this month, we head northwest to Lakeside Amusement Park. For more than a century, Lakeside has been a popular destination for people of all ages, but only between May and September. What happens during the park's off-season? Where do the people of Lakeside go? And who are they?  - Here's more information on David Forsyth's book, Denver's Lakeside Amusement Park: From the White City Beautiful to a Century of Fun.  - Our theme song is "Minnow" by Felix Fast4ward. Elk Minister and Chimney Choir generously allowed us to use their music in this episode. "Into the Void of Emptiness" was the first single of Elk Minister's upcoming album, "There's a System of Control," which will be available through iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, CDBaby and other distributors, like Elk Minister’s website, bandcamp, and Soundcloud on January 13. The tracks "In this Light," "I Know the Way," and "In the Underworld" all appear on Chimney Choir's album "Boomtown". Their new album "(dream)" is available now.  - Rebecca Aronauer is a fiction writer who organizes Making the Mountain, a quarterly event series featuring local artists at the Lighthouse Writers Workshop.  - You can peruse crime data for Lakeside at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's website.  - Follow us on Twitter @ChangingDenver and sign up for our newsletter at www.changingdenver.com/about.  Thanks for listening!

29mins

2 Jan 2017

Rank #6

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The Newcomers and the Transplants

Our third agent of change is a group of people, the newcomers and the transplants. It comprises two interviews, one with Helen Thorpe, author of a new book about refugee and immigrant teenagers at South High School, and the other with Zena Ballas, creator of a new digital archive of transplant profiles. - You can learn more about Helen's book, The Newcomers: Finding Refuge, Friendship, and Hope in an American Classroom, here. And you can find Zena's project here. - Music for this episode provided by D.A. Evosirch. He's @noirguitarsuperstar on Instagram. Our theme song is "Minnow" by Felix Fast4ward. - Learn more about Changing Denver at our site, www.changingdenver.com, or follow us on Twitter at @ChangingDenver. For behind-the-scenes goodies, personal tidbits, local music recommendations, occasional bonus interviews and more, sign up for our newsletter. Thanks for listening!

45mins

4 Dec 2017

Rank #7

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The Zoo and You

On this episode of Changing Denver -- the finale of season 2! -- we venture into the animal kingdom (as far into it as we can get without leaving the city, that is). This is a story about societal norms surrounding animal exhibitions, and it only begins at the Denver Zoo. Thanks for another successful season, everyone. Your continued support means the world to us. We'll be back in a few months with new episodes, and we may have a few surprises in store before then. - Make sure to watch one of the slick promo videos on the Wild Animal Sanctuary's site here.  Here's where you can find Marc Bekoff's new book, The Animals' Agenda. You don't need me to give you this link to the Denver Zoo. - Our theme song is "Minnow" by Felix Fast4ward. Also heard in this episode were the songs "Goodbye Graveyard" by Shark Dreams;  "Riverside" and "Greyhound" by The Milk Blossoms, "Baby Seal" by Weird al Qaida, "Tweak a Bit" by Dr. Zilog, and a selection of tracks off the album Container Ship by The Kevin Costner Suicide Pact. - Learn more about Changing Denver at our site, www.changingdenver.com, or follow us on Twitter at @ChangingDenver. For behind-the-scenes goodies, personal tidbits, local music recommendations, occasional bonus interviews and more, sign up for our newsletter. Thanks for listening!

49mins

8 May 2017

Rank #8

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CDBBB - "Asians in Colorado"

In this installment of Changing Denver Bit By Bit, we feature an interview Paul did with CU Boulder history professor William Wei for KGNU. It's all about Wei's new book "Asians in Colorado," and excerpts of it were featured on our recent season finale, on Hop Alley. The interview touches on Denver's old Chinatown, but also explores how the discrimination facing Asians in Colorado morphed from Sinophobia into Japanophobia in the 20th Century. Yes, that means there is discussion of Japanese internment in concentration camps, as Wei calls them, as well as former governor Ralph Carr. - Follow us on Twitter at @ChangingDenver. If you like the show, rate it on iTunes. We really, really love stars. Thanks for listening!

32mins

5 Aug 2016

Rank #9

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BONUS: Denverite Now

A few weeks ago, Paul started hosting a new weekly podcast for the local news outlet Denverite. We think you'll like it, so we wanted to give you a taste. Subscribe to Denverite Now on iTunes! And check out all the stories discussed in this episode at www.denverite.com

32mins

21 Apr 2017

Rank #10

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The Mayor of City Park

On Changing Denver this month, we bring you the story of our city's 15th mayor, Richard Sopris. From humble beginnings, he rose through the social and political ranks of early Denver and eventually helped our young city overcome some of its first major challenges. He also signed the order creating City Park, giving Denver its largest green space and securing his legacy for generations. Our guide this month is Linda Bjorklund, the author of Richard Sopris in Early Denver: Captain, Mayor & Colorado Fifty-Niner. - Our theme song is "Minnow" by Felix Fast4ward. The other music you heard in this episode was performed by Randy Arent. For the past five years, he has performed at the charity 5K run through City Park on St. Patrick’s day. He is available for bookings through his website Denverbagpiper.com. - Follow us on Twitter at @ChangingDenver. Sign up for our newsletter at www.changingdenver.com/about.  Thanks for listening!

28mins

5 Dec 2016

Rank #11

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CDBBB: The Life and Times of Benjamin F. Stapleton

On this installment of Changing Denver Bit By Bit, we bring you the story of Denver mayor Benjamin F. Stapleton and his relationship with the Ku Klux Klan.  - Our theme song is "Minnow" by Felix Fast4ward. The other song heard in this episode is "Dekalb Station" by Shady Elders. You can hear it on their new LP, Inside Voices.  - You can find us on Twitter @ChangingDenver and sign up for our newsletter at www.changingdenver.com/about.  Thanks for listening!

23mins

10 Apr 2017

Rank #12

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CDBBB: Another Urban Respite

In this installment of Changing Denver Bit By Bit, Central Library Administrator Rachel Fewell discusses some of the challenges facing the Denver Public Library and the ways she and her colleagues are dealing with them. She also responds to comments Phil Goodstein made about the library in our episode about the West Side.  - #ListenLocal  Check out the Revisit Denver podcast at www.revisitdenver.com to hear more stories of Denver's past. - Our theme song is “Minnow” by Felix Fast4ward. You can listen to more of his music on Soundcloud. Follow us on Twitter (@changingdenver) or sign up for our newsletter to get exclusive behind-the-scenes content and bonus interviews with local Agents of Change. If you like this episode, please write us a review on iTunes or Stitcher. Quality reviews will help us reach a wider audience. Thanks for listening!

12mins

13 Jun 2016

Rank #13

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The Voice of Arapahoe Square

On Changing Denver this month, we explore the convergence of two trends -- Denver's explosive economic growth and the increasing persecution of our homeless community -- in a neighborhood you may never have heard of. It's called Arapahoe Square.  This episode was produced in partnership with the Denver VOICE. For further reading on Arapahoe Square, check out their February issue.  - Our theme song is "Minnow" by Felix Fast4ward. The other music heard in this episode includes the songs "Evil Eye" and "Versus" off Snake Rattle Rattle Snake's 2014 album "Totem," which is available on Bandcamp; a selection of tracks by Lee Rosevere that we are using under a Creative Commons license; and an original rendition of "This Land is Your Land" by Jackie Zubryzcki, with additional vocals by Laura Hartenberger. Jackie performs around town under the moniker Five Mile Woods. Her work is also available on Bandcamp. - Follow us on Twitter @ChangingDenver and sign up for our newsletter at www.changingdenver.com/about.  Thanks for listening!

1hr

6 Feb 2017

Rank #14

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BONUS: Our review of Hop Alley

Two months ago, we capped off our first season with an episode about the hot new restaurant Hop Alley and its namesake, Denver's old Chinatown. For this bonus episode, we invited food journalist Laura Shunk to help us do a proper review of the restaurant. Of course, we put the Changing Denver spin on it, so it's a little different from what you might expect.  - The rave reviews of Hop Alley keep pouring in. 5280 just named it the best restaurant in Denver on its annual list of the top 25! - Our theme song is "Minnow" by Felix Fast4ward. - Sign up for our newsletter at www.changingdenver.com/about Follow us on Twitter @ChangingDenver And here's a thought: If you like this episode, tell us why in a review on iTunes. Thanks for listening!

19mins

29 Sep 2016

Rank #15

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Rainbow Herd, A Story

Season 2 of Changing Denver is coming soon.  This is not it. This is something ... different. - Follow Changing Denver on Twitter at @ChangingDenver Sign up for our newsletter at www.changingdenver.com/about If you like the show, give us a rating on iTunes!

6mins

14 Sep 2016

Rank #16

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CDBBB: Representing Cap Hill

It’s another installment of Changing Denver Bit By Bit, ourseries of shorts that complement or supplement the regularepisodes. This time, we have an interview with former citycouncilwoman for District 10 Jeanne Robb. She discusses what it waslike representing Cap Hill and how some of the neighborhood’s majorissues changed over her 12 years in office. - Our theme song is “Minnow” by FelixFast4ward. You can listen to more of his music on Soundcloud. Follow us on Twitter (@changingdenver) orsign up for our weekly newsletter to getexclusive behind-the-scenes content and bonus interviews with localAgents of Change. If you like this episode, please write us a review on iTunes orStitcher. Quality reviews will help us reach a wider audience. Thanks for listening!

11mins

9 May 2016

Rank #17

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A More Civic Center

On Changing Denver this month, we explore the history of Denver's Civic Center with our favorite historian, Phil Goodstein.  - Like the show and want to support us? We'd love it if you voted for us in Westword's Best of 2017 Readers' Choice poll. It'll take a minute to set up a profile, but you'll win our undying gratitude in return! - You can hear DJ Deep Rawk on KGNU's hip-hop show Eclipse. It airs every Sunday night at 7 pm. - Our theme song is "Minnow" by Felix Fast4ward. - Follow us on Twitter @ChangingDenver and sign up for our newsletter at www.changingdenver.com/about.  Thanks for listening!

32mins

6 Mar 2017

Rank #18

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CDBBB: Return to Stoner Hill

In this installment of Changing Denver Bit By Bit, we revisit an episode from season one, How to Climb Stoner Hill. Our partner on that show, local journalist Andy Kenney, gives us an update on what's been happening on the ground at Stoner Hill. Then, we talk to some people at Civitas, the landscape architecture and urban design firm that's been contracted to work on the park now.  - If you like the show and think we deserve it, head over to Westword and write in Changing Denver for Best Denver Podcast in their readers' choice poll! - Here's a few stories that Andy's written about the situation in Commons Park since our episode came out:  Denver police have been banning alleged drug users — mostly pot — from individual parks — mostly Commons Park Denver will try to liven up Commons Park with free activities Commons Park’s future might start with an “unorthodox” private process - Our theme song is “Minnow” by Felix Fast4ward. You can listen to more of his music on Soundcloud. Follow us on Twitter at @ChangingDenver and sign up for our newsletter at www.changingdenver.com/about.  If you like this episode, think about writing us a review on iTunes or Stitcher. It's the best way for you to support Changing Denver. Thanks for listening!

22mins

13 Feb 2017

Rank #19

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The Artist and Her Snails

On this episode of Changing Denver – the finale of season three! – we share the story of Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, a local artist and writer. You can follow Lauri on Twitter at @Lynnxe and learn more on her website. - Recommended reading: Meow Wolf in Denver: Santa Fe's deliriously popular art collective lands with permanent installation Artspace lands site for affordable artist housing in RiNo - Our theme song is "Minnow" by Felix Fast4ward. Also heard in this episode is a selection of songs of Madeline Johnston’s album “Like Author, Like Daughter,” as well as the track “The Split” by Howard Hello and “Civil War” by Bear and the Beasts. - Learn more about Changing Denver at our site, www.changingdenver.com, or follow us on Twitter at @ChangingDenver. Changing Denver is a proud member of the Denver Podcast Network. For behind-the-scenes goodies, personal tidbits, local music recommendations, occasional bonus interviews and more, sign up for our newsletter. Thanks for listening!

40mins

8 Jan 2018

Rank #20